Phunpat’s Platu team set
to compete in SEA Games
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yachting
Association of Thailand under royal patronage, held a SEA Games national
team sailing selection competition on March 17 for sailors in the ‘Platu’
class. A total of 12 sailing categories will be contested at this year’s
24th SEA Games to be hosted by Thailand, with the Platu category being the
last one to be chosen by the Thai SEA Games selection committee.
The ‘Platu’ teams were closely matched and the sailing
throughout was intense.
The selection process involved eight teams competing in 2
groups of 4, with the winners and runners up going into a final pool of four
teams to compete further and decide the overall winners and a reserve team
for the SEA Games.
And following some fiercely competitive racing in the
warm waters off Jomtien, the team that emerged victorious was the one
comprising Verasit Phuangnak, Anant Dawchanthuk, Saichon Boontham and
Natthaphol Srihiran, ably skippered by the wily Vivat Phunpat. This team has
a lot of experience in major international competitions with their most
recent outing being at the Asian Games in Doha last December.
Rear Admiral Sunant Monthatplin of the Yacht Association of Thailand said
afterwards: “The Thai national sailing team will commence full training in
May at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien in order to ready the 12 teams for
the games in December. The training venue will also be the actual location
of the events in the SEA Games.”
Thailand’s top bodybuilders set to put on a show for the 27th HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup
Perfectly sculpted bodies will be on show at next weekend’s Thailand Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships.
Following on from the success of Thailand’s two-time
world bodybuilding champion Sitthi Charoenrith, the Chonburi Provincial
Council in co-operation with the Thai Bodybuilding Association is organizing
the 27th HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup Thailand Bodybuilding and
Fitness Championships next weekend, 14-15 April, to be held at the Chalerm
Pra Kiat Hall in Chonburi.
About 200 Male and female bodybuilding and fitness
athletes are expected to compete in 15 different categories. The top male
winner will be awarded with the prize trophy of the 27th HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn Cup. Other category winners will be awarded with medals.
The program for the 2-day event is as follows: Saturday,
April 14 at 7pm - the pre-judge round in the Youth, Men’s and Master
bodybuilding categories as well as Mr. Fitness and Miss Fitness. Sunday,
April 15 at 4pm - The final round in the Men’s and Youth bodybuilding
categories, and at 7pm - The final round in the Female, Master, Mr. Fitness,
Miss Fitness and Champ of Champ categories.
For more information on the event contact Yuwadi Chombun on 02 231
Miss Nom on top form at Eastern Star
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, March 26, Green Valley, Stableford
Another low scoring stableford competition in the premier
flight with Ken Lill finishing first with 34 points, Ted Morris second with
33 and the arch-rivals John McLoone and Chris Holmes both tying for third
place on 32 points, but Mr. Impatient beat Chris on a 19/18 count back. Rob
Heaths 36 just beat the ever improving Miss Am on a 20/19 count back in the
second tier and Les hall came in third with 35 points
Near pins: Ted Morris, Dave Richards, Rob Heath
and Cully Monks
Friday, March 30, -
Eastern Star, Stableford
The ever-improving Miss Nom won the second division with
37 points, beating the Windmill’s Alan Duckett on a 20/17 count back. Rick
Newman meanwhile finished third with 34 points.
Now playing off H/cap 11, John Mcloone’s 35 points won
the higher division, with Mikael Andersson three points behind in second and
Dave Richards third with 31 points.
Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at
Paweenas in Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Road. Our tee time is normally 10.30am so we
depart the bar at around 9.15am. Please sign up in the bar or call Glyn on
086 837 5464.
Players wilt in the heat at Plutaluang
PSC golf from The Oohsa Bar
Tuesday, March 27,
Century Chonburi, Stableford
1st Geoff Moodie (26) 36pts
2nd Rich Murphy (19) 33pts c/b
3rd Thong Pimblett (40) 33pts
4th Roger Yabsley (16) 32pts c/b
Near Pins: Geoff Moodie, Su Murphy
Long Putt: Mick Heatley
Sixteen players gathered at the Oohsa Bar in preparation
for a drive up the 331 to Century. Many give Century bad reviews due to its
poor condition. True, it doesn’t get the fairway watering of other venues
and the bunkers definitely need more attention. But for all that, you don’t
often get really bad lies, and in recent weeks they have tried to put more
water on the approaches to the greens. The greens themselves however remain
as treacherous as ever.
Even so, the scoring was very respectable. Most failed to
reach 30 points, but the leading five scores were 32 points or better and
Geoff Moodie with 36 points was a clear winner by three.
Rich Murphy and Thong Pimblett tied on 33 points only for
Rich to take second place on count back with a storming back nine of 21.
Roger Yabsley won a tight back-nine contest to take fourth place on count
back from Yves Philibert, each player with 32 points.
Thursday March 29,
Plutaluang S & E, Stableford
1st Bruce Lawrence (11) 35pts c/b
2nd Neil Duncan (16) 35pts
3rd Martin Hayes (14) 33pts
Near Pins: Mick Heatley, Jeff Wylie, Yves Philibert, Martin Hayes
A select party of 13 players assembled on Thursday to
compete over the South and East nines at the Navy course. This 18 is
slightly more forgiving than North and West, but to compensate it was a
typical late March day and the heat was very intense. It was as hot as I can
recall this year and keeping the brain going for 18 holes was very
difficult, particularly if you were walking.
The scores duly reflected the conditions with no player
scoring the target figure of 36 points. Bruce Lawrence, a member at
Plutaluang, came out on top but only on count back from the ever-consistent
Neil Duncan, each player scoring 35 points. Martin Hayes also managed to
keep his concentration coming in with a creditable 33 points for third.
Next week, we are at Bangpra on Tuesday 10th April, and
at Plutaluang on Thursday 12th. Come along to the Oohsa Bar and sign up -
everyone is welcome!
A ‘family affair’ at Eastern Star
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, March 27: Eastern
This was the last game of March and we were still looking
to name our ‘Alan Bolton Golfer Of The Month.’ For the first time the winner
was in question and any of the golfers on the day could take home the award.
Richard Kubicki, right, is presented with the ‘Golfer of
the Month’ award by Steve Carleton of Alan Bolton Property Consultants.
The test on the day was to be the demanding 18 holes of
Eastern Star, which of late has been brown and dry, but with recent rain we
found the course on this day to be quite green and lush.
On the first tee, we could see that the course was nice
and quiet and we also noticed the wind was rising as was the temperature. It
seems we are back to the hot humid days of wet shirts and soggy shorts.
So, on a tough course, on a hot day out of the pack came
the ‘Family’ to walk away with the spoils. Richard Kubicki triumphed with 39
points ahead of his wife Carole with 38 points and a count back saw Rob
Brown in third with 37 points, ahead of Chris Youngman in fourth.
In the ‘Golfer of the Month’ category, the late charge by
Richard saw him squeeze in as winner ahead of Andy Evans in second and Karen
Brown in third.
Geoff doubles up for monthly awards
Phoenix Members Golf Society
Wednesday, March 28, Monthly Mug -
After our numbers dropped dramatically on Sunday we
were pleasantly surprised to receive seven groups for this month’s
Monthly Mug off the forward tees.
Friday winners: (L-R) Nigel Irvine, Mayo Deane &
Best guest score went to Nigel Irvine with a net 70
with Gary Blackburne runner up on net 77.
The winner of the Ladies section was Angela Poustie
with a fine net 69 on count back over Prakong Robinson.
The winner of the Men’s Monthly Mug was Geoff Bowers
with a net 71, Jorn Lillilund coming second with net 72 and David
Czernie third with a net 73.
Friday, March 30,
After the trials of Wednesday from forward tees,
today was going to be an even tougher test.
Another good group of twelve members arrived to
compete for the men’s and ladies mugs, and six guests battled it out for
their own best score of the day.
The men’s mug went to Geoff Bowers with a net 73 -
Geoff enjoying a good streak at the moment after also winning on
Wednesday. Second with net 74 was Jack Spencer and third with a net 75
was Bob Deane.
The Ladies winner of the pewter chalice was Mayo
Deane with a net 72, with Prakong Robinson once more eased into second
The best guest score of the day was once again
recorded by Nigel Irvine with a net 76 whilst the runner up was Terry
Turner with a net 80.
Four technical prizes went to Geoff Bowers, Jeff
Cargill, Steve Page and Mike Gerrard. There were no 2’s recorded today.
For information about Phoenix Members Golf please call Mike Gerrard
on 087 091 7565.
Tony and Nigel share the honours at The Emerald
PSC golf from the Beaver Bar & Grill
Friday, March 30, The Emerald, Stableford
The forecast called for one of the hottest days of the year, although this
was tempered somewhat by a nice breeze that made the day quite pleasant.
A total of 28 golfers turned out for a day of good
scoring with Tony Oakes taking first prize in “A” flight with 40 points and
Nigel Cannon winning “B” flight with 39 points. Tony grumbled that he had
the wrong club on #17, “should take a 7 iron and bump it into the bank”, but
instead he took a wedge - which he holed out for eagle!
Nigel had a good and consistent round driving it up the
middle all day and chipping well making him happy enough to “ring the bell”
back at the Beaver.
Bill Thompson took out second prize in “A” flight with 36
points followed by John Hillier with 35 points, who beat Apple Jitchana for
third place on countback - first time for quite some time that Apple has not
joined the winners’ circle, although she still managed a technical prize
with a near pin on #15 and again drew a 500 baht chip for her efforts. John
Hillier also won a near pin on #7.
In “B” flight Peter Harris took out second prize with 37
points beating Trevor Carnahoff on countback - Trevor not helping himself at
all by “wipes” on the last two holes. Ciano Glavina was all class coming
back from a lengthy absence where he promptly 3-putted the first hole from
Back at the Beaver Bar the prizes were handed out in
quick order by Bill Thompson leaving those who did not win a prize
recounting on what could have been.
All golfers are welcome every Friday at The Emerald. Show
up with a recognized handicap before 7:45am, pay a 200 Baht entrance fee and
get set for an entertaining day with a group of people who many have
referred to as one of the friendliest groups on the golf calendar.
Kitchen’s hot at Plutaluang
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Sunday, March 25, the Pattaya Golf Society continued
its very popular Sunday excursion to Plutaluang to play a stableford
competition over the North and West nines on a very hot and humid day.
Following the tradition of previous weeks the field was retained as one
flight thus making the day special with a large pot up for grabs as a
Erik Anttonen again showed his consistency, not even
allowing a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a hazard to
deflect his concentration and he recorded a score of 34 points to share
third place with Keith Barr and Kazu Agune. They were only two points
behind the “Smiling Samurai”, Masashi Iizumi, who turned up the heat on
his competitors to record a level par 36 points and take second place.
When it comes to heat, the kitchen is where it’s at,
and Tony Kitchen was running at gas mark five as he recorded a
blistering 38 points from his best ever gross score. His golf was
formidable and anyone who can hit a 270-yard tee shot off a handicap of
‘twenty-something’ deserves to be seen. His accuracy on the greens did
not relent this time, as it has so often in the past, and it enabled him
to take the day with full honours.
Erik Anttonen and Kazuki Takimoto shared the rolled
over 2’s pot for their accuracy on N3 and W3 respectively to complete
the list of prizewinners.
The Pattaya Golf Society visits Plutaluang every
Sunday, leaving the OK Corral at 10am, and a sign-up sheet is available
a week in advance at the bar.
Family Fortunes at
The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Eastern Star on
Tuesday, March 26 to play its second medal event of the month. The
course was relatively empty and things got under way on time with the
two usual flights, cut at 23 and under, being augmented by a Ladies’
flight for the first time in a long while. Indeed the ladies were to
have the better of their male counterparts with good scores being
Mod Churaiska was unlucky not to have her net 72
recognised as a winning effort but that went to Jan Hill whose net 70
was the best sub-par round of the day. In the second flight Malcolm
Schofield was embarrassed as his net 81 found third place on the board,
only one behind an equally bemused but delighted Rob Hill in second
place. Jan was having the last laugh! John Rehm brought a semblance of
order to the flight with his net 76 and it marked his first win with the
In division one Carl Lovatt threw off the yoke of his
exalted flight status to record a net 74 for third place, one behind
Erik Anttonen’s net 73. The flight winner was Dave Wilkinson and his 71
was a deserved reward for many months of perseverance and everyone was
delighted to see him at the top of the leaderboard at last.
His wife Margaret shared the 2’s pot with Jan Hill
and John Mason. The Booby Bevy went to Ray Underwood for double hitting
a six-inch “tap in” on hole six.
Old friend, Paul Quodomine, celebrated the
anniversary of his retirement by sponsoring four technical prizes, which
were duly won by Ray Underwood, Dave Thomas (2), and Joop Medze.
It was a very happy day for Paul and American
broadcaster CBS’s loss is certainly the Pattaya Golf Society’s gain!
Thanks for the very kind gesture Paul, here’s to the next one!
Masashi ‘Top Gun’ at
The Pattaya Golf Society’s final competition round of
the month was played at Phoenix on Thursday over the Lakes and Ocean
nines. It was the hottest day of the year and the relatively high cut
figure at 22 catapulted many golfers into the top flight for the first
Of those remaining in division two, Paul Quodomine
and Mod Churaiska shot 31 points for a share of third place whilst Keith
Barr went two better to secure for himself yet another runner-up place.
The divisional winner was Tony Kitchen whose 34 points was a fine reward
for some good golf.
In the top flight John Wassall’s eagle on the ninth
added five points to his score and helped him make 37 points for a share
of runner-up place with David Thomas, whose round was
uncharacteristically punctuated with a few rare mistakes. Nevertheless
he still managed to post the day’s best gross figure of 77.
The best points score on the day was that posted by
top flight rookie Masashi Iizumi and his 38 points represented his best
round for a while as he approaches the inevitable point of his return to
David Thomas fired the day’s sole birdie ‘2’ to add
bulk to his wallet yet again and Paul Quodomine’s contribution to
David’s ‘2’ was recognised as he shunted David’s ball on the Ocean sixth
away from the hole with his tee shot, in the process almost delivering
an “in off” ace for himself. With David’s ball being replaced by
consensus the two was secured. Paul’s reward? The Booby Bevy of course.
The Beautiful Game?:
Relegation battle hots up
Well who’d have thought it? Things are starting to get
interesting at the bottom of the Premiership table just a fortnight
after the contest seemed to be done and dusted.
Just a few short weeks ago it looked certain that
Charlton Athletic, West Ham United and Watford looked destined for life in
the miserable abyss that is the ‘Championship’ come the start of next
season. A shocking thought for any football fan as I’m sure you’ll all
But is going down actually all that bad? These days we’re
conditioned to believe that dropping out of the almighty ‘Promised Land’
that is the Premiership is the worst possible scenario for any football
club, up there in the disaster stakes along with signing Ade Akinbiyi or
appointing Peter Ridsdale as your Financial Director.
Admittedly there’s the money factor - a subject you just
cant get away from these days - and the loss of Premiership status will see
an enormous fall in income for the three sides that eventually go down this
year (although that’s offset by ‘parachute payments’ from the Premier League
to help sides adjust to life in the lower tiers), but when you think about
it, do you actually care?
After all, the vast majority of the cash swilling around
the Premiership these days ends up lining the pockets of mercenary
footballers and their seedy, greedy little agents. It’s spiralling out of
control, but I suppose you can’t blame them. I’d also gladly accept pots of
cash in return for kicking a football around a few times a week, but there’s
a huge difference between some of the game’s great players making the cash
their talents merit and some of the also-rans making megabucks for
altogether less impressive performances.
Lucas Neill at sixty thousand pounds for West Ham every
week springs to mind. Nothing against the boy Lucas, but this is a
astronomical figure for a half-decent defender badly in need of a good
Going down gives your club a chance to rid itself of the
mercenaries who are only in it for the ‘bling’. No matter how much a player
professes to love his club there’s nothing like a drop of a division to test
that badge-kissing “love” to its limit. Along with this benefit also comes
the opportunity of getting a regular ticket to see your side play, cheaper
admission prices and of course the chance to visit Barnsley. So it’s not all
But although Watford still continue to struggle along
with a combination of bad luck and the inability to hit a cow’s backside
with a banjo in front of goal, East End neighbours West Ham and Charlton
appear to have stumbled into a bit of unlikely form in recent weeks and
suddenly the battle to stay up is now wide open. Charlton’s win over Wigan,
their second in succession, moves them to within just three points of the
Latics, and only one behind Sheffied United. The race is on, and clubs as
far up as Middlesbrough in twelfth place, just six points ahead of Charlton,
will be playing with added urgency in the coming weeks.
It’s all getting rather exciting, which makes for less
meaningless games to sit through. Chuck in a genuine title race for the
first time since who knows when and a sprinkle of competition for the UEFA
Cup places and you couldn’t really ask for more, could you?
As well as chocolate eggs and days off work, Easter also
brings a glut of Premiership fixtures with a full programme on Saturday and
another on Monday which should begin to answer a few questions. Look out for
Chelsea at home to Tottenham, West Ham’s trip to Arsenal tomorrow and even
Charlton at home to Reading late on Monday, amongst other potential
Great news! The winners of the Scottish and FA Cups -
along with their European counterparts - could receive an automatic place in
the Champions League from 2009 if proposals are agreed to by UEFA. The
suggestion, brought up at the governing body’s European Club Forum, could
see the winner of each country’s main knockout tournament included in an
end-of-season playoff system or even granted an automatic Champions League
“A number of clubs have expressed an interest in this
situation,” said UEFA suit William Gaillard. “We are not against it in
principle and if this is the view of the majority there is no reason why we
shouldn’t do it. The clubs that we have heard from have responded quite
favourably,” he droned.
Can’t say I object. It’ll certainly put the wind up the
sails of a few teams that seem happy to finish fourth in their respective
divisions. That’s you, Liverpool.
Quinn digs deep
Sunderland chairman - and recent visitor to Pattaya -
Niall Quinn dug into his pockets last week to shell out on taxi fares to
transport Sunderland fans back to the North East from Cardiff.
The big-hearted Irishman came to the rescue after a
number of fans of the high-flying Championship side were thrown off an
easyJet flight following their side’s 1-0 victory. The group were singing,
to the tune of ‘Here We Go’, “Niall Quinn’s disco pants are the best. They
go up from his a**e to his chest. They’re better than Adam and the Ants.
Niall Quinn’s disco pants.”
After the resulting delay the flight was cancelled,
leaving around 100 Sunderland fans unable to get home before Quinn
intervened by shelling out more than ten thousand pounds in cab fares.
“It must have cost a fortune but it shows again that he’s
the most decent bloke in football. I can’t think of a single chairman or a
single club that would do something like that for its fans. Everyone thanks
him from the bottom of their hearts,” said one grateful Mackem.
German ‘Legend’ in speed
A senior traffic inspector in Germany is looking for
alternative employment this week after his appeal for reinstatement was
quashed by a court in Munich.
The official found himself in hot water after he and two
colleagues attempted to cover up a speeding ticket issued to the German
football legend Franz Beckenbauer in 2005.
Bayern president Beckenbauer was filmed at around 40 km/h over the speed
limit in his home town, but the trio attempted to pass off the infringement
as an unmarked vehicle being used by traffic police. But an eagle-eyed city
official uncovered the plot after recognising the speeding “policeman” as
the one and only ‘Kaiser’ of the German game.
Jack Robertson takes monthly award
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, March 26,
Bangpakong Riverside, Medal
The week got off to a fine start for Brian Maddox with
the Bunker Boy’s playing Medal format at Bangpakong. Brian won the B Flight
with the best score of the day, a four-under par net 68, which was one shot
better than Jack Robertson’s net 69, whilst Dave Keats came in third a
further four shots back on net 73.
Jack Robertson: March ‘Golfer of the Month’ at The
John McDonald and David Harvey shared the winnings in the
A Flight with two-under par net 70’s with third place going to William Macey
on net 71.
Only three par-3 greens were hit with William Macey
getting one prize and Alan Gorse getting the other two.
Wednesday, March 28,
On to Wednesday, and with only two games to play to find
out who would be ‘golfer of the month’ for March, and three players left in
with a chance, we knew the competition would be fierce.
Jack Robertson, Brian Maddox and Dave Keats were all in
the hunt and amazingly Jack and Dave tied for first place in the B Flight,
winning with 39 points each whilst Brian Maddox shared third place with
Gordon Evringham and Jim Wooler, all with 37 points. This took the golfer of
the month competition in to the last game of the month on Friday.
In the A Flight John McDonald won with 38 points ahead of
three players; John Hughes, Paul Smith and Peter Hapgood, who shared third
place with 37 points each.
Near pins were won by Geoff Parker, Peter Hapgood, John
Hughes and Frenchman Jean Morel.
Friday, March 30, Burapha,
A Medal comp at Burapha on Friday saw Dave Harvey win the
A Flight with net 74, Charlie Gooch come second with a net 75 and John
McDonald take third on net 76.
It was to be in the B Flight however, where the ‘golfer
of the month’ award would be decided and it was Jack Robertson who came out
on top, sharing first place with Lee Butler after both shot level par net
72’s. Brian Maddox and Richard Baldotto shared third place with a pair of
Near pin prizes went to Brian Maddox, John McDonald and Dave Harvey
collected the other two.
Richard departs on a winning note
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, March 26, Treasure
Treasure Hill was host to a Stableford competition in two
flights with the cut at Handicap 19. The course on the day was under
extensive renovation with weeding going on everywhere and most holes adding
Richard Kubicki took the A Flight with 39 points whilst
second on a count back was Brian Noguer from Kris Helgason, both with 36
points. Carole Kubicki took the B Flight with 38 points making it a clean
sweep for the Kubickis. Henk De Bock was second with 36 points on a count
back from Graham Mitchell.
Near Pins: Jan Lovgren, Graham Mitchell, Peter
Hammond, Brian Noguer
Thursday, March 29,
The test for the day was to be the A & B Nines at
Burapha, the question of the day was to be would the Kubickis continue their
fine form and win again?
It was an absolutely perfect day as we stood on the first
tee, bright skies, a light wind and 18 holes ahead on one of our favourite
Richard Kubicki had been chopped a couple of shots for
his fine form of late, so surely this time we would have him, before he went
home on the Monday next. The scribe did his best with a fine 23 points on
the front nine, whilst it was also heard that Rob Brown, of the ‘never won a
count back’ fame was also burning the course up. This time maybe we could
As the players came in it was obvious that there were
some seriously good scores, and over 40 points was seen to be common, whilst
many had 39 points in the A Flight.
So did he do it? Well the answer is yes - the winner of
the A Flight, 0 to 15 was none other than Richard Kubicki with 42 points
ahead of the ‘never win a count back’ kid Rob Brown, who also had 42 points
but lost on count back. In third was Derek Brook with 40 points, and he blew
the last two holes. Well done Richard, he has worked hard at his game of
In the B Flight the winner was Don Mackenzie, who came
out of obscurity with a fine 46 points, his handicap has now been decimated
and he will remember it with a fond memory. In second was Brian Gabe, also
with a fine round of 43 points that would have been favourite to win most
weeks. In third was Mike Winfield with 39 points.
So we bade farewell to the Kubickis, who now go home with
happy memories, but we will get them next time.
Near Pin: Max Arne, Johan Reynisson, John Frazer, Kevin Dunne
Long Put: Derek Brook, Larry Simpson
- Best of the day
Good leading scores from the Seniors, topped by 42
Stableford points from Richard Warberg and 40 points from Morten Gauslaa
were well ahead of the field at Pattaya Country Club in the March Diana
Seniors and Ladies Open. The Super Seniors fared not so well and Arthur
Bailey’s 35 points was enough to win with Neil Allison Super runner-up with
a modest 33 points.
Arthur Bailey, Gerd Lindberg and Richard Warberg - all
winners in the March Diana Seniors and Ladies Open.
Last in line were the ladies with 32 points from Gerd
Lindberg the winner and 31 points from runner-up Birgitta Luning.
Terry Welch claimed the near pins on # 5 and # 16 with
John Eyers closest on # 12 and Ian Edwards on # 7. Mick O’Meara and Gerd
Lindberg had the longest putts on # 9 and # 18 respectively.
It was a fine day with difficult, dry conditions to deal with that was
reflected in many of the scores. Nevertheless it was a good day and perhaps
a warm-up for the next outing on Thursday 26th April. Sign-up at the Green
Bottle, or at the Diana Garden Resort Driving Range.
Hobbling Herb keeps the field at bay
PSC golf form The Three Sisters Bar
On the 20th of March with the weather warming up, Dale Murphy with his new
handicap still managed to beat the field. With his drives on line and a hot
putter, Dale managed 38 points to win by two strokes.
Kraft came in second with 36 points. I don’t know how he does it, but Paul
still walks the course. His drives are still out there but erratic at times.
At the end of the month it was Herb Ishinaga’s turn to
make it to the top. With his knees giving him problems, Herb hobbles around
the course using his clubs as a crutch. It didn’t bother him too much as he
scored 40 points to win by four shots.
Dale Murphy still shooting well came in second with 36
points. The rest of the field followed with Jim Tully and Paul Donahue
fighting it out for the bottom slot. The main thing is that we all enjoyed
ourselves, as every round we play is a plus.
League closes with only one
position change in top five
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers & 1st
Place team – Aht, Bill, (Dang & Maliny Team Montana), Mai & Ken
After 30 weeks of bowling Montana is the league winner,
VFW Post 9876 grabbed second, House of the Golden Coin moved from fourth to
third, Diamond Shop dropped from third to fourth and Jack & Tar will get the
fifth place trophy.
In the final week’s round of matches, VFW Post 9876 won
all four points from Montana and House of the Golden Coin took all four from
Diamond Shop. Jack & Tar was able to hold on to fifth place as they took two
and one half points from Café Kronborg.
Three Sisters tried to get into the top five as they won
all four from Café Ole but just came up a few points short. Domicil won four
from Shenanigans and Brother D took three points from Mai’s Thai Restaurant.
Aht had the best bowling of the day with a 607 series,
games of 168, 204 and 235. The Pattaya Plus Bowl gives PSC league bowlers a
free Heineken beer for three strikes in a row and two beers for five strikes
in a row. Aht was seen leaving the Bowling Alley with lots of beers.
The next league will start on 23 April and all PSC
bowlers are invited to join us at 13:45 hours on Friday April 23 when teams
will be formed in a blind draw.
Takeshi takes the Monthly Medal again
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, March 26,
Eastern Star, Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer, 36pts
2nd Dave Lee, 35pts
3rd Walt Straub, 34pts c/b
4th Chris Knapp, 34pts c/b
5th Peter Tucker, 34pts c/b
6th Barry Traynor, 34pts c/b
A week of tough golf started out at the always-tricky
Eastern Star, where there has been a considerable improvement in the
fairways and green surrounds, but with the greens still a tough
proposition with pins in difficult places.
Trevor Schirmer made up for losing out the previous
week in a very high scoring Stableford with a steady level par round
that proved good enough to take the day’s honours. This was after Dave
Lee had thrown away a great chance to take his first win for several
months with an uncharacteristic, on the day, double bogey on the last.
In the end it was a big disappointment for Dave after playing very
tidily for 17 holes and then taking four from the edge.
Chris Knapp also showed much better form than of
late, as he led a group at two-over on count back to secure his first of
two podiums in the week.
There were no 2’s in either the first division or the
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back
Wednesday, March 28,
Plutaluang North West,
1st Barry Traynor, 34pts c/b
2nd Claus Nilsson, 34pts c/b
3rd Glynn Nicholas, 33pts
Another very tough day on one of the longest 18 holes
in the area, measuring some 6750 yards from the white tees with very
little run. It meant that the field were struggling from the get go to
come to terms with the course although the condition and presentation
could not be faulted.
Barry Traynor did just enough to ensure another of
his ‘nip and tuck’ wins as he crept past the post with a two-over round
that proved enough to see off Claus Nilsson on count back. Barry showed
great character in coming home in level par whist Claus slumped to 4
Glynn Nicholas, refreshed from his 2’s win and the
subsequent shopping spree at the last outing, slipped a little but still
managed to slip almost unnoticed on to the podium.
Barry Traynor and Mikael Jansson shared the 2’s in
the first division, whilst Glynn Nicholas took full advantage of a
change of handicap that put him into the second division, as he swept
the four-rollover pot which turned out to be almost enough to buy the
wife a new dress.
Back at The Haven The Doc welcomed back Mikael
Friday, March 30,
1st Takeshi Hakozaki, net 72 c/b
2nd Norman Isherwood, net 72
3rd Barry Traynor, net 77
1st Frank Pilkington, net 76
2nd Brian Kelly, net 78
3rd Chris Knapp, net 79
The last outing of the week proved to be the most
difficult with the tees about as far back as they can go and still be
rated as inside the course. The fairways were also offering very little
in the way of forward momentum after the initial bounce.
Takeshi Hakozaki took the first division monthly
medal for the second time in succession with a solid level par round
that was just good enough over the back nine to see off the challenge of
Norman Isherwood, who wilted slightly after a fine start. Barry Traynor
was again in the hunt although a long way behind the leaders.
The second division was won by a very surprised Frank
Pilkington who had only gone back to The Haven to enjoy a drink with the
winner, but he found that it was he that was celebrating his four-over
round, which had been enough to see off Brian Kelly and Chris Knapp a
few shots behind.
There were no 2’s in the first division but
surprisingly Brian Kelly and Walt Straub managed one each to share the
second division pool.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back
Doug Campbell after an extended visit to Canada.
Players toil in the heat at Phoenix
IPGC golf from The Caddy Shack
Tuesday, March 27,
Local favourite Phoenix was the venue for a Medal
competition over the Lakes and Ocean courses. It was the hottest day of
the year and many golfers suffered in the sweltering conditions.
Steve Barber, off his 25 H/cap, fired a three-under
net 69 to win the day ahead of Mark Joshua (7) in second with a net 71,
and Paul Smith (5) who came home with a level par net 72 for third.
Al McGrory scored the only ‘2’ of the day to scoop
Friday, March 30,
Friday saw a trip south to the Navy course at
Sattahip for a Stableford competition over the South and East layouts.
Unfortunately, the condition of the greens was not up
to the usual standard and with putting a lottery, the scores were lower
Mark Joshua went one better than Tuesday with a
winning 35 point total. Damian Trante came in second with 33 points
whilst there was a tie for third between Steve Barber and Emmet White,
both players coming home with 30 points each.
The 2’s pot was shared between Don Francis, Jan
Eriksen and Paul Smith.
Mol’s Eclectic is Electric
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, March 25,
Green Valley – White Tees, Stableford
1st Paul West (10) 41 points
2nd Jim Wickstrom (4) 39 points
3rd John Pegrum (10) 39 points
1st John Hillier (15) 41 points
2nd Gerry Hannan (12) 39 points
3rd Dave Potter(16) 38 points
1st Bob Lindborg (18) 44 points
2nd Jez Lees (19) 41 points
3rd Mol Thongkiew (24) 41 points
NP’s: Bob Patterson; Bob Lindborg; Fred Theobald; Steve Maxcari
2’s: Mark Wood, Steve Mascari (2), Tony Molloy, Bob Patterson, Liam
McGuiness, Peter Henshaw, Bob Lindborg, Jez Lees, Fred Theobald
Well if it needed to be affirmed, Bob Lindborg showed
why he deserves to be known as the Guru of Green Valley as be humbled
the defenseless Sunday set-up with 44 points. That best of the day and C
Flight winning score was three clear of The Principal and Ms. Mol, our
Title Gal. Jez showed little chivalry in winning the count back over the
lovely Ms. Mol.
Paul West on his second to last outing of this stay
sat atop A Flight with a fine 41-point effort that was two clear of the
tandem of Jim Wickstrom and John Pegrum. Jim’s medalist round of gross
73 had the better inward distribution than John’s.
In the middle flight, Johnny Hillier edged Irishman
Gerry Hannan by two points and The Valet’s Best Friend by three.
Monday, March 26,
Green Valley – White Tees, Stableford & 2-day Eclectic
1st Per Ashcan (7) 39 points
2nd Mark Wood (6) 37 points
3rd Hugh Byrne (9) 37 points
1st John Hillier (15) 37 points
2nd Dave McFeely (15) 36 points
3rd Serge Straeten (15) 33 points
1st Mol Thongkiew (24) 42 points
2nd Sean Murphy (18) 41 points
3rd Noy Pimmoen (29) 38 points
2’s: Per Aschan, Peter LeNoury, Mossy Quaid, Pat Regan, Bob
Patterson, Brendan Bird, Matt Andrews
Monday the Society returned to what is tantamount to
its home course, Green Valley, to have a daily competition and to
complete the Two-Day Eclectic. Ms. Mol, our title gal threw a strong 42
points at the course and her C Flight competitors.
Sean Murphy came within a point of Mol’s best on the
day total and had to settle for second. Another of the gals, Noy Pimmoen
rounded out the C Flight podium, leaving Sean to look like a thorn
between two roses.
Per “I think I am always on time” Aschan topped A
Flight with 39 points, two better than the Pride of Aberdeen and
Irishman Hugh Byrne. In B Flight Johnny Hillier made it two in a row
when his 57 points finished one clear of another of those intrepid
‘Micks’, Dave McFeely. Monsieur Serge rounded out the day’s prize giving
when his 33 points came a surprising B Flight third.
1st Paul West (10) 45 points
2nd Jim Wickstrom (4) 44 points
3rd Peter LeNoury (10) 44 points
1st Mol Thongkiew (24) 51 points
2nd Bob Lindborg (16) 48 points
3rd John Hillier (15) 47 points
For any reader unfamiliar with an Eclectic it is
simply taking the best score the competitor had on each given hole over
the, in this case, two day period. The WoM for the two day eclectic and
winner of B Flight is none other than our title gal, Ms. Mol.
Mol had a strong foundation on Day One with her third
place 41 points. Her 42 points on Monday certainly suggested that there
may be some help coming and indeed there was as she added 10 points to
her eclectic. That leapfrogged the Guru who could only squeeze out an
additional 4 points to embellish his opening 44 points.
John Hillier won the two daily comps but when the
scorecards were put together that only provided him 47 points, still
good enough for third.
Paul West could only add four points to his Day One
total, but it was enough to top out the A Flight of the Eclectic. It was
one better than the trio of Jim Wickstrom, Peter LeNoury and Gerry
Hannan. The Luck of the Irish failed to save Gerry from podium
banishment, as Jim and Peter took the silver and the bronze,
Wednesday, March 21,
The Emerald – White Tees, Stableford
1st Gerry Hannan (12) 43 points
2nd John Leckie (7) 38 points
3rd Mossy Quaid (8) 37 points
1st Dave McFeely (15) 37 points
2nd KeithWorboys (15) 35 points
3rd Dave Driscoll (19) 34 points
2’s: Kris Kritsanajootha, Bill McGarvie, Simon Philbrook, Peter
LeNoury, Steve Mascari, Pierre Bietry, Steve Miller, Steve Steele
The lads and lasses went south to play Nick Faldo’s
creation which had to be finished up by Desmond Muirhead. The course,
which was for years the stepchild of Eastern Seaboard golf, is maturing
into one of the area’s best. While many find the course difficult, don’t
try telling that to Gerry Hannan who gave the layout a shellacking with
his A Flight winning 43 points. Newcomer John Leckie tapped the till for
second place, closely followed by Mossy Quaid.
In A Flight, Dave McFeely, the winner, was the only
player who bettered his handicap. Keith Worboys and the consistent
Eskimo followed David in with 35 and 34, respectively.
Friday, March 23,
Eastern Star – White Tees, Stableford
1st Kris Kritsanajootha (9) net 72
2nd Peter LeNoury (10) net 73
3rd Jim Wickstrom (4) net 74
1st Barry Chadbourn (21) net 72
2nd Trudy Chadbourn (22) net 77
3rd Pierre Bietry (21) net 78
2’s: Brett Peter LeNoury, Trudy Chadbourn
Eastern Star can play as tough as any course around
and that was certainly in evidence as no one bettered their handicap and
only two equaled theirs. Kris Krits topped out A Flight, closely
followed by Peter LeNoury and Jim Wickstrom, in one stroke increments.
Barry “Chad” Chadbourn, B Flight’s winner, had a
little bit more breathing room than Kris had. Chad’s closest pursuer was
none other than his charming bride, Trudy. Monsieur Pierre was a
surprised but happy bronze winner with his net 78, but that’s medal play
The Square Ring: by Howie Reed
Jeeves have you put on some weight?
“I fear I have Your Lordship. I went to Bangkok last
Monday night and stopped in to see your pal Ned at the Silver Dollar.
They had a special of barbecued ribs with all the sides for only 150
baht and a special promotion of hickory smoked pork sandwiches for 70
Baht. I made a real pig of myself.”
I’m sure that somewhere on the magic box that takes
pictures out of the air to make them reappear in either your place of
residence or favorite beverage salon, the Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (64-2)
- Tomonobu Shimizu (10-1) title fight is being shown.
WBC Flyweight champ Pongsaklek has held the title
since 2001 when he knocked Malcolm Tunacao down 3 times for a first
round KO. At the time Pongsaklek was 38-2, so the win against Tunacao at
11-1 should have come as no surprise.
No need to again quote chapter and verse why this is
no more than a paid workout for the champ who should record his 17th
successful title defense. With half of Pongsaklek’s fights ending in a
KO, this one could go either way. Shimizu’s only loss came at the hands
of Thailand’s Kaennakorn Klongpajol who was 1-2 at the time and now
sports a 2-10 record. H’mmmmm.
If your name is Wanheng Meenayothin, you weigh 105lbs
and have a 3-0 professional boxing record. Should you be over the moon
by stopping Ma Wi Ming in his first fight at 2:21 of the first round?
Should you make your decision after some jerk writer for a major Eastern
Seaboard newspaper informs you that the three guys you beat are a
combined 0-13-2? Finally, should you be buoyed by capturing the WBC
105lb Youth title?
Nope. Not when you consider that on the same card
last Friday at the Watsingh School in Bangkok, former WBC Fly champ
Chatchai Sasakul (59-3) got a 4th round KO and Medgoen Singsurat (48-4)
got a 6 round KO. The answer is “maybe”, as Meenayothin is a former
Muaythai champ - so there might be hope.
Still more than a week away but grabbing headlines
anyway is the Manny Pacquiao - Jorge Solis title match in San Antonio
Texas USA. Unfortunately, as seen too often in boxing, it’s not the
boxers that are getting the press but promoter ‘Buffalo’ Bob Arum.
There are in life some people that either can’t or
just aren’t smart enough to realize that there comes a time when they
should “Shut the **** up.” Arum falls into that category. As has been
covered “ad nauseam”, Pacquiao signed contracts with both Arum (Top
Rank) and Oscar DeLaHoya (Golden Boy) last year. Arum took the
opportunity to call the Golden Boy group “creeps”. Remember in the
school yard back in the day saying “takes one to know one.”
There are some that thought the April 15 fight
between Pacquiao-Solis would never see the light of day. Golden Boy, as
expected, attempted to get a court injunction until its’ federal lawsuit
could be heard. The request was denied by the U.S. District Judge Philip
M. Po, ruling that the suit, “is rich with issues concerning whether
Golden Boy or Top Rank will ultimately prevail. The Court cannot at this
stage of the proceedings declare which party enjoys a probability of
success on the merits, nor that the balance of hardship tips in favor of
one party (versus) the other.”
“Oscar ought to be ashamed of himself,” Arum said.
“Here’s a guy who is going to make millions upon millions of dollars on
May 5, and he goes to court to try to deprive Manny Pacquiao from
fighting and earning a living. It’s one thing to sue Top Rank and try to
get as much money as you can from Top Rank, because that’s business. But
to go to court to try to prevent another fighter from making a living is
despicable. If we’re wrong, sue us for damages. The contract they signed
with him provides how they would be compensated. “It’s a good measuring
stick to use. The damage to a fighter from not fighting is a hell of a
lot more than the damage to a promoter from not promoting.”
Think it gets under Arum’s skin that the biggest
fight in years between Mayweather jr. and Oscar is being staged in his
hometown of Las Vegas, by two fighters he used to promote, and he gets
not a dime. Not to mention losing the spotlight he so dearly loves.
Interesting box fight on Sunday from the Millenium
Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joe Calzaghe will extend his winning streak
to 43 when he faces first-year Contender runner-up Peter Manfredo jr. at
Lots of credit has to be given to Manfredo’s
management as they have parlayed his two losses to Contender winner
Sergio Mora into a career. Manfredo really doesn’t belong in the same
ring with Calzaghe except as a showcase for “maybe” the best super
middleweight in the world.
Manfredo is a good kid and gets a payday but the only
“name” win on his resume’ is Scott Pemberton. Pemberton got whacked out
in two by Jeff Lacy and then retired. He was still retired when Manfredo
jr. KO’d him in 3.
The importance of this fight is that people around
the world will be able to contrast Calzgahe’s performance with that of
Mikkel Kessler’s two weeks ago. Kessler at 39-0 was impressive when he
tossed a shutout at Librado Andrade, 120-108 on all cards, before 25,000
at Copenhagen’s Parken Arena. The Square Ring had it 118-110 for Kessler
because we’re always kinder and gentler than most professional judges.
When Calzaghe gets by Manfredo jr. Sunday, a ‘super-fight’ with Kessler
is in the works.
Also on Sunday, Thailand’s Wethya Sakmuangklang
(70-4) travels to Ishikawa, Japan to do battle with Futa Nakagishi
(9-1-1) at the Sangyo Hall. Interesting guy is Sakmuangklang, not only
for the fact that he’s got 70 wins but also that he’s never won a world
title. He’s had two shots - losing to Guty Espasdas jr. in 2000 and
getting KO’d by Manny Pacquiao in 2001. Since that loss Sakmuangklang is
29-0 which is a career for most boxers.
Talk about a long time for a rematch. In November of
1996 Henry Maske lost the only fight of his brilliant career to Virgil
Hill. More than 10 years later Maske got a re-match which followed his
retirement after that loss. Last Sunday Henry Maske (31-1) turned back
the clock with a convincing 12-round decision over Hill (50-6) at The
Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
Doing the television yaking for the fight was pal
Benny “I Keek a Touchdown” Ricardo and Al Bernstein, who I’ll bet a baht
never said, “it was a close fight” as did one writer. I’ll also bet they
never said that the point Maske lost due to a head butt in the 8th,
“didn’t play a role in the scoring.” That’s just silly. Of course it did
as Maske won easily 117-110, 117-110 and 116-113.
Before the fight the Hill camp protested about having
all European officials. Who cares? ‘Tip of the hat’ to Maske who managed
to turn back the clock - and it wasn’t even the end of daylight saving
WBO Bantam champ Jhonny Gonzalez (34-5) stretched his
winning record as a bantam to 20-0 when he destroyed former champ Irene
Pacheco (33-2) last Saturday. Pacheco had been the IBF Fly Champ until
whacked out in 11 by Aussie Vic Darchinyan in ’04. Thai boxing fans may
remember I had trouble with spelling “Jhonny” Gonzales for his 7th round
KO of Ratanachai Sor Vorapin last year.
Gonzales took control early and battered Pacheco,
especially in rounds 7 and 8, before closing the deal at 1:04 of the
9th. Like to see Gonzales against either Veeraphol Sahaprom (55-3-2) or
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (27-1).
The Square Ring closes this week on a very sad note.
It’s sad because a great friend of this feeble effort and the boxing
world was buried last Friday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in New York
Carol Castellano was a premier boxing judge, not only
in the United States but also throughout the world. In the ‘Golden Age’
of boxing it was Carol Castellano’s name that was associated with major
world championship bouts. Carol was a pioneer because at important world
championship fights she was there to judge. Carol was there because she
was very good, not because someone was trying to make a political
statement. When you listened on radio or watched a fight on TV very
seldom, if ever, was there any disagreement with a Carol Castellano
With her husband Tony, the name Castellano became synonymous with
quality, knowledge, honesty and integrity. As the boxing bell tolls 10,
Carol will be remembered as a good person, with a warm smile and a
devilish sense of humor. Unlike many boxing officials Carol knew that
boxing was about the boxers and not some officials with over blown
opinions of themselves. Carol was a one off who will be missed by a
sport and friends alike for a long time. May she rest in peace.